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Celebrating 100 Days of Progressive Impact Under Trump Administration

While President Trump is trying to find accomplishments for his first 100 days, we have the opposite issue — trying to count all of ours! So let’s hit pause for a minute to count and celebrate all the ways members of the progressive movement in Georgia and across the country have made a difference in the last 100 days at the state and federal level, and where we can still make an impact.

At the federal level, we:

  • Helped avert a government shutdown by calling to tell our two senators that no, we didn’t want to fund a wall. We would rather that money go to health care, education, infrastructure and science research. #159NoWall
  • Forced the House to pull the AHCA twice with our calls. It’s not over yet, and we still have much work to do, but we are ready to go and fight again to save the Affordable Care Act and health insurance for millions of Americans. #159HealthCare #159SavetheACA
  • Turned the Sixth Congressional District a light blue and nearly elected Jon Ossoff to Congress on the first try. And we almost did the same thing in the state Senate District 32 with Christine Triebsch. Are you ready for round two? #159LetsDoThis #159FliptheSixth #159Flipthe32nd
  • Launched a “Missing” campaign to draw attention to the fact that Sen. David Perdue refuses to meet with his constituents throughout the state. Have you joined the hunting party? #159JointheHunt #159MissingSenator
  • Stopped ExxonMobil from receiving a sanctions waiver so that they could drill for oil in. #159NotoExxon
  • Helped force California Rep. Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the Russia investigations with the House Intelligence Committee.
  • Helped force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigations after we made almost 20,000 protest calls in less than 24 hours. #159RussiaInterference #159IndependentInvestigation
  • Mobilized to help immigrants and refugees at the airports when the first and second travel bans went into effect, before the courts stepped in and declared them unconstitutional. #159WelcomesAll
  • Helped stop a Republican effort to sell public lands or turn them over to states to manage. #159NationalTreasures
  • Forced the GOP to walk back their plans to gut the congressional ethics office jamming their phone lines with our protest calls as soon as the news broke. #159EthicsMatter

At the state level:

  • HB515 Redistricting: The bill that redrew nine metro Atlanta districts and moved minority voters to Democratic districts to save the seats of two Republican legislators who were at risk. After public outcry and packed hearings, the measure was made less extreme and less obviously racial in the Senate committee, but it still favored the GOP. On the schedule for Sine Die, the public rallied and watched all day. Rumor has it the measure was not called because of the public opposition.
  • HB51/SB71 Campus Rape bill: This bill, championed by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, stripped sexual assault survivors of protections and recourse and was defeated in Senate committee on March 27. The students and others who opposed this bill were awesome. Rep Ehrhart's behavior, which included telling a hearing full of sexual assault survivors to "go trigger somewhere else," was disgraceful. 
  • HB257: A religious liberty mandate was slipped into this bill by the Senate on March 28. It never came to a vote.
  • HB65 Medical Marijuana Bill: This measure will expand the list of illnesses and conditions eligible for treatment with marijuana to include AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, autoimmune disease, epidermolysis bullosa, HIV, peripheral neuropathy and Tourette’s syndrome. The bill also allows people who have registration cards from other states that allow cannabis oil to possess the oil here. 
  • HB217 Private Schools Bill: This measure would have raised Georgia’s tax credit for private school scholarships from $58 million to $100 million over the next 10 years. That’s $42 million that could be invested in things like need-based financial aid, child care, and services at high-poverty schools. Public dollars should go toward our already underfunded public schools, not expensive scholarship.

Where we still can have an impact:

  • HB280 Campus Carry: This bill endangers the lives of students, faculty and staff at our state universities and colleges. It does not afford enough exemptions. Guns with alcohol and developing brains have no place on college campuses. We must keep pressure on Gov. Deal to do the right thing and veto the measure. He has until May 9.
  • HB159/SB130 The Adoption Bill: This measure was designed to modernize/improve the adoption code with bipartisan support until a poison pill anti LGBTQ amendment was added. Georgia does not need to legislate hate or discrimination. Georgia foster care kids and families need this bill. Georgia deserves better.
  • HB268: Voter ID Matching Bill: This measure allows the use of voter ID exact matching to federal or state records, down to the letter/hyphen/space, to determine voter eligibility, a procedure that disproportionately throws out the votes of minorities. A section of the bill undermines the outcome of a Federal Voting Rights lawsuit against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, requiring the end of this practice in Georgia. This bill is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Call and ask that it be vetoed.

159 Georgia Together Accomplishments:

We went from a secret Facebook group to a 501c4 nonprofit organization with a vision and beliefs statement; bylaws and a board of directors; launched a website and the advocacy forum, a Twitter feed and a public page.

Yes, it has been an incredible 100 days. At times exhausting and exhilarating. The Republicans believed we would grow tired and complicit. One hundred days in, we are still calling, protesting and marching. More importantly, we are effecting real, much needed, progressive change.